Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour

This weekend we went to Riverside to see the Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour. For over a decade, this tour has brought relics of the Buddha and over 40 other Buddhist masters to locations around the world. The relics were displayed around a large altar with this Buddha Bath blessing area in front; we all dipped water from the ladle and poured it over the baby Buddha.

Some of the other objects on the beautiful large altar. But, what are the relics?  I have not included photos of them on this post. Here is a description of the relics from the Maitreya Relic Tour website, where you can also see photos of them (and get a schedule of upcoming tour locations):

"The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.

"The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head for a personal blessing." 

I experienced all of what is described above--inspiration, healing, powerful emotions, the presence of a vast loving-kindness, and a heart opening. The sign says: "You are welcome to ring this bell as an offering of sound to delight your spiritual guide."

This is a copy of "The Sutra of Golden Light," which is described as a book that should be read by "anyone who wants peace in the world." You can download a free pdf of the book here